Zinc is the fourth most consumed metal in the world after iron, aluminum and copper.
The primary use of zinc is in galvanizing, which protects iron and steel from rusting. Zinc can also be alloyed with other metals and used for die casting into shapes such as door handles, alloyed with copper to make brass, and alloyed with copper and tin to make bronze. Zinc can also be added to fertilizers to increase crop yields, made into zinc oxide (an ingredient in skin cream), and used in the manufacture of tires. In addition to its many applications, zinc is also an essential nutrient in the body.
Zinc pricing is expected to remain strong as there is a deficit in the supply and demand should continue to grow steadily.
Most consumed metal in the world
Million tonnes consumed in 2018
Sourced from recycling